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Published August 19, 2013, 06:11 PM

Effect of violence in Egypt reaches UND faculty member

A week of bloody fighting in Egypt has left more than 1,000 people dead as the fighting between the military and recently ousted Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi's supporters continues.

By: Cynthia Johnson, WDAZ

A week of bloody fighting in Egypt has left more than 1,000 people dead as the fighting between the military and recently ousted Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi's supporters continues.

That political violence has hit home for one University of North Dakota faculty member, who was born and raised in Egypt. Malak Kotb, the new chair at UND's Department of Basic Sciences, says with the recent political unrest she is worried for her friends and family in her home country.

Earlier Monday 25 off-duty police officers were killed in Egypt when unidentified militants ambushed two buses carrying the officers. The Obama administration is anxiously monitoring the situation there, but U.S. Officials say the administration's influence is limited and the outcome will be based on the Egyptian people. Clashes between supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and security forces have left blood in the streets - turning sidewalks into makeshift emergency rooms and mosques into field hospitals. Malak Kotb, who was born and raised in Egypt, says peace is in Egypt's future. Kotb says she came to the United States as an international goodwill ambassador and stayed here to spread peace while studying biochemistry. Malak says so far her family has remained safe.

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